What we Worship Matters: Workism

Workism Is Making Americans Miserable is a fascinating article in The Atlantic, and worthy of a thought or two.

The author provides us with this introduction to frame his reflection:

The decline of traditional faith in America has coincided with an explosion of new atheisms. Some people worship beauty, some worship political identities, and others worship their children. But everybody worships something. And workism is among the most potent of the new religions competing for congregants.

What is workism? It is the belief that work is not only necessary to economic production, but also the centerpiece of one’s identity and life’s purpose; and the belief that any policy to promote human welfare must always encourage more work.

Amazing. These are Lenten considerations through and through.

What is the centerpiece of your identity and life’s purpose? Or, in other words, what do you worship?

If it’s anything other than Jesus and his mission, it’s all dust!